Showing posts with label Spitz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spitz. Show all posts

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The FINNISH SPITZ: Barking Bird Dog

Finnish Spitz
Finnish Spitz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland. Other names for this breed are the Barking Bird Dog and the Finnish Hunting dog. The name of "Barking Bird Dog" is quite appropriate. When attending dog shows where Finnish Spitz is entered, one can always find the grooming area of this little dog by following the sound of the barking! The breed has been used as a hunting dog in Finland since ancient times and was recognized by the Finnish Kennel club in 1892. In the American Kennel Club, they have recently been recognized as a member of the Non-Sporting Group. They are gaining in popularity but are still considered "rare" in this country.

The Finnish Spitz dogs have the typical "Spitz" appearance of a brushy coat with emphasis on the ruff at the neck and the bushy curled tail. They are always bright red to apricot in color. Finnish Spitz is easy to care for, the coat is dense and needs regular brushing but the hairs are straight and stiff and relatively short so is not difficult to keep free of mats. This type of coat is what is called "harsh" or "brush" and is always easier to deal with than a long coat that is "soft" in texture. It is a good looking dog, small upright ears and rather pointed face give this dog a fox-like appearance. By nature, the Finnish Spitz does not seem to have a "doggy" odor so it is a clean dog to keep in the household.

The breed is relatively free of genetic conditions and the incidence of hip dysplasia is rare although this should be checked before breeding. Their hunting repertoire includes everything from birds to bear and the dog is fearless as a hunter despite its small size of 15 to 17 inches. The Finnish Spitz "points" and usually barks to hold its prey at bay until shot by the hunter.

This is a dog that is considered aloof with strangers, not especially "cuddly" but actually very reserved in nature. Most Finnish Spitz dogs are extremely busy creatures and will give chase at the sight of any other creature, so a fenced yard or supervised walking is necessary at all times. Obedience lessons must be given from the beginning so that this dog will come when called. It is loyal but strong-willed and can be stubborn. As a house pet, it goes without saying that it will give voice too loud barking to strangers so it is an excellent watchdog. It also does love children and is very playful. Because this breed is highly curious about its surroundings and has an investigative nature, people who keep them in the house need to "puppy-proof" the environment.





Monday, October 30, 2017

All About POMERANIAN DOG Breed Characteristics And Highlights

A Pomeranian.
A Pomeranian. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Pomeranians are the smallest member of the Spitz family of dogs. Poms are 7 to 12 inches tall and weigh 3 to 7 pounds. They got their name from the province of Pomerania, in Germany. They became popular when Queen Elizabeth presented her Pomeranians in a conformation show. And it was the very first time that these dogs are ever to be shown.


These dogs have a mind of their own but don't let their cuteness deceive you. They are curious about the world around them and are very alert. In their minds, they think that they are much larger than they really are, that is why sometimes they even attack much larger dogs. But, if they are properly socialized to other breeds, they generally get quite along with them.

Pomeranians have a wedge-shaped head with upright ears. Some people described them as "pansy, baby doll or fox-like". Their dark almond shaped eyes sparkle with inquisitiveness. And their noses can be the same color as their coats or can be dark. Their tails fan out over their back.

They come in a variety of colors: orange, red, white or black. Their double coat stands out from their body and has a luxurious ruff around their chest and neck. The coats look as though it is difficult to care for but the truth is it only needs regular brushing. Despite their small size, these dogs have a loud bark and they can be excellent watchdogs. They sometimes do not when to stop barking. It is best if you train them with a barking command.

Pomeranians make exceptional pets for older people and apartment dwellers. Because of their small size, they are not recommended to be around with families having small children in their homes. They are generally excellent in learning tricks but you must be firm and consistent in training them. They also have a lot of energy and enjoy going out for walks. They proudly hold their head up as they trot along. They love meeting with people and exploring new smells and sights.

Poms are trained in agility, obedience, and tracking. While some, are trained as hearing assistance dogs. They make great therapy pets and bring comfort to the sick and elderly in nursing homes and hospitals.



Some of their highlights are listed below:

• They are recommended to be crate-trained because they are very difficult to housetrain.
• High heat and humidity can cause them to be overheated and could possibly cause heat stroke.
• Although Pomeranians are small, they have a big dog attitude.
• They may develop bald spots in their beautiful coat as they get old.

Poms are generally very healthy dogs, but just like other breeds, they are also prone to other health conditions. Some of them can suffer from a variety of allergies. If you see them rubbing their face or licking their paws, suspect that they have an allergy and have them checked by vets. They are also prone to a variety of eye problems. These problems can appear in young adult dogs and could lead to blindness if not treated.

They are remarkably hearty and love to play. They are very active indoors and always love to learn new things. This pint-size companion is calm, quiet, friendly and easy to live with.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fact Sheet: FINNISH SPITZ

Finnish Spitz

Finnish Spitz
Finnish Spitz - Photo   by      Llima

Group: Non-sporting
Weight: 25 lbs
Height: 18 inches

Overview
The Finnish Spitz was originally brought from the area of the Volga River Area to Central Russia about 2000 years ago. This breed is the national dog of Finland, and the Finnish Spitz is referred to in quite a few Finnish patriotic songs. These dogs are now extensively acknowledged throughout the Scandinavian countries. The Finnish Spitz is fine at hunting birds, and they also make good family pets.

Temperament
You will find this breed to be lively and sociable, energetic and enthusiastic, devoted and courageous - but at the same time careful. The Finnish Spitz is tolerant of children and other animals in the household. They have a good hunting instinct so they may chase after smaller animals. This breed is very intelligent and likes to be a part of the family. On the other hand, this breed is not ideal for all families - especially in households with lots of tension or loud bickering.

Care
The Finnish Spitz has a coat that cleans itself seeing that these dogs are viewed as arctic dogs. This breed does not need a lot of overall maintenance, but if dead hair can be removed with a brush or a comb. The coats of the Finnish Spitz don't have a typical doggy odor. The Finnish Spitz sheds heavily on a seasonal basis. The coats of these dogs are very rich, and they can remain shiny and thick all year round if these dogs are maintained throughout the year.

Training
The Finnish Spitz is a very smart, self-assured and intelligent breed. They will learn new skills very quickly and are easy to train when the right training methods are used. This breed can, however, be stubborn when overly anxious or full of fear. It is imperative to work with the Finnish Spitz in a calm manner whenever possible. These dogs are willful and brave and will perform at a high level once they are comfy and have admiration for their owners. The Finnish Spitz has time and again been used in competitions as show dogs seeing that they have so many good qualities and virtues. This is an impressive hunting breed, and they can also be trained to be racers and rescuers from an early age onwards.

Health problems
The Finnish Spitz is a relatively healthy and has one of the lowest occurrences for health issues. There are however a few conditions that potential owners should be aware of and these include hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and deafness.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FINNISH SPITZ: Facts You Must Know Before Adopting Finnish Spitz

Breed Description
The Finnish Spitz is a northern breed that resembles a red fox. This medium-sized breed was originally used as a hunting dog, but now they are a bird dog that is used to flush wood grouse. This breed weighs an average between 31-34 pounds, and has a height of 15-20 inches.

Coat
The Finnish Spitz has a double coat. Their undercoat is dense and soft, while their topcoat is harsh and long that is one or two inches long. Males have slightly longer and coarser fur than the slightly refined furs of the females. Red gold on their backs, or reddish-brown colors are accepted, preferably bright, with accepted lighter shades on their underside.


(Finnish Spitz)named Ginger
Finnish Spitz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Activity
The Finnish Spitz loves outdoors, but can adapt to apartment living if given enough exercise. A securely fenced area should be provided for this breed as they love to run free. Requiring a great deal of exercise, this breed should be taken on a long walk, or a jog, as running around a fenced space cannot satisfy their primal instinct to walk.

Temperament
The Finnish Spitz is known to intermingle admirably with people, children included. This breed is a delightful member of the family, with the ability to play placidly with children, yet rough with other dogs. Some of these dogs love other dogs, and some may be passive or aggressive, and shy. This breed is highly loyal, and so it should be expected to be moody or shy around other dogs. This dog is known to bark on anything they perceive as unusual. This can be prevented through training, although this can make them excellent watchdogs.

Overview
The Finnish Spitz is known to be generally great companion animals. They are protective and loyal, but this tends to make them noisy as they bark at anything that is atypical for them.

Care
With a self-cleaning coat that sheds dirt by itself, the Finnish Spitz does not have a doggie odor on their coats. Regular grooming with a comb or a brush is required to remove dead fur as they are known to be a seasonally heavy shedder.

Training
The Finnish Spitz is a highly intelligent breed that is strong-willed and independent. A highly trainable breed requiring a firm but gentle tone and touch, this dog responds best to appreciation than correction. They easily get bored, so training should be kept short, and appealing. Patience is highly essential in training the Finnish Spitz. Owners may feel as if they are not making progress, and suddenly, they will surprise you. This breed is known to be competent in obedience competition, if trained with reward and a lot of praise.



Character
Bred as barking hunting dog, this breed is known to bark at anything they perceive as a threat. It should be noted, though, that although this breed may be barkers, they are well-suited to be a watchdog rather than a guard dog as they rarely bite. This breed makes a delightful family dog and a hunting dog as well, with a big heart for children.



Monday, September 12, 2016

POMERANIAN - Dogs of the World

Pomeranian - Dogs of the World



Sunday, September 11, 2016

History of the POMERANIAN

Pomeranian is a big name for a big dog.  As huge as thirty  pounds,  the  Pomeranian  has  been  said  to  be  very  similar  to  the wolf Spitz in weight, hide and hair.  This is not surprising  since  the  Pomeranian  originated  from  the  bloodline  of  the  Spitz  dogs.  The  Spitz’s  are  from  Ireland  and  Lapland  and  were  sled  dogs.

Chester Pomeranian
Photo  by thepeachpeddler 


The  dog  took  its  name  from  Pomerania  which  is  located  near  the  area  that  surrounds  the  Southern  coast  of  the Baltic  Sea.  Pomerania has now become Germany and Poland.  The dog was not  given  the  name  Pomerania  because  it  was  born  there  but  more  than  likely  it  was  in  Pomerania  that  it  had  been  breed  to  Smaller proportions.  In its original (larger) form, the  Pomeranian  herded  sheep  and  their  gigantic  form  was  even  noticed  in  Britain in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Pomeranian had been established in the Kennel club in 1870.  Queen Victoria of England had a Pomeranian.  Her adored pet  was  named  ''Marco''  which  Queen  Victoria  brought  back  with  her  From Florence, Italy.  Queen Victoria was highly regarded and  loved  by  her  people,   as  a  result,  Pomeranian’s  became  more  in  demand.  What is also interesting is that the Queen preferred smaller Pomeranian’s to the larger breed.  So, the populace started to want the smaller dogs also.

In  about  1892,  the  dog  was  revealed  in  the  United  States  in  what was known as the miscellaneous class.  However, it was in  New  York  in  the  1900,  that  the  Pomeranian  started  to  be  classified regularly.


The American Pomeranian Club has its initial specialty show in 1911. Now Pomeranian’s are smaller in size, but back then the original American champions were more substantial in bone.   The  Pomeranian’s  had  huge  ears,  and  was  under  six  pounds.  

However, the dogs had type and excellent coat texture. Today, the Pomeranian have gentle temperaments, with energetic spirits, and are well-built animals.  They also have a wealth of hair, unlike in the past.

The Pomeranian is a very comical type of dog.  Its comics will keep you laughing over and over again.  I think these dogs have a 6th sense when it comes to this.  They do just sweet spontaneous gestures you can’t help put a smile on your face.  Pomeranians don’t run they hop but with a very graceful style.  They are cheerful and happy most of the time.  They will make a child a very happy camper and a wonderful family pet.